Crikey, only in Quebec:
Convicted murdered escapes from Laval prison
Paul Cherry, The GazettePublished: 3 hours ago
A federal inmate serving time for murdering his father is on the loose after he escaped from a correctional institution in Laval. Neil Stewart, 34, went missing from the Federal Training Centre on Thursday. The minimum-security facility, in Laval’s St. Vincent de Paul district, is used to train inmates for work.
According to a release from Correctional Service of Canada, Stewart left the centre sometime around 5 p.m. Thursday. Stewart is serving a life sentence he received after being convicted of first-degree murder in the 1999 death of his father Lindsay Stewart, a western Quebec cattle farmer. Evidence presented during a jury trial held in 2000, revealed Stewart shot his father while he was asleep in their home in Grand Calumet Island, 200 kilometres west of Montreal.
Stewart was not eligible for parole until he served 25 years of the sentence. He tried to appeal his conviction but the Quebec Court of Appeal rejected the case in 2004.
The Sûreté du Québec has been asked to investigate. Stewart is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.